Liturgy and worship aids
This hymn, suitable for use during Thanksgiving, is based on Psalm 111:1, "I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart."
This prayer is recommended along with the hymn:
With hearts full of your blessings, O God, we pour out our thanksgiving and praise.
Shape our lives by your wisdom and grace so that we may live with gratitude and generosity; all for your glory and the good of your world; through Jesus Christ our Savior
Since World AIDS Day occurs during the first week of Advent in the Christian year, it is appropriate (particularly in the sermon or prayers of the people) to make connections to the biblical and theological themes of the liturgical season. Advent is a time of waiting in hope and faith for the coming of Christ’s realm — a new creation in which God’s promises of justice, wholeness, and reconciliation are fulfilled. In this season of longing and anticipation, we give thanks for the light of life in Christ, which can never be extinguished (John 1:5).
This All-Saints Sunday communion service includes a naming of the honored dead and an easy all-saints ribbon banner.
This litany for Reformation Sunday is composed of excerpts from the Creeds, Catechisms and Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
This hymn text by David Gambrell, set to the familiar tune Leoni (“The God of Abraham Praise”), seeks to illustrate the various dimensions of the “Word of God” in the Reformed tradition: “Scripture – the Word written, preaching – the Word proclaimed, and the Sacraments – the Word enacted and sealed, bear testimony to Jesus Christ, the living Word.” (Directory for Worship, W-1.1004). Permission is granted for congregational use in worship or educational settings.
November 14, 2010, is Caregiver Sunday. Get suggestions for caregiving and resources for people who provide care.
- What Does Family Caregiving Mean?
- A Suggested Liturgy for Caregivers Sunday 2010
- Eagles In A Storm — sermon illustration
- Ideas for Honoring the Gifts of Family Caregivers
- Beatitudes for Caregivers
- Pastoral Care: Identifying At-Risk Caregivers
- Contacts For More Information
Reading and studying large sections of Scripture in sequence – a time-honored practice in the Reformed tradition – provides a way to hear and understand the words and stories of the Bible in their broader theological, historical, cultural and literary contexts.
Reading or hearing these passages aloud has a number of benefits: Scripture takes on a whole new dimension when you can hear its rhythms, its cadences and its poetry, features often overlooked when only read silently; the oral / aural presentation of these texts is probably closer to the way their intended audiences received them, in most cases, and is the way ...
This Eucharistic prayer can be used as part of a service with the Annunciation text (Luke 1:26-38) featured prominently.
This service weaves the traditional lessons in a service with other liturgy into a full worship service that includes communion. Sermon notes are also included for a brief homily.
Use this packet of hymns and poems to pray for the survivors of disaster around the world:
- Who is My Neighbor?, hymn inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan
- A Prayer for Our Children, hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
- Like Magi, You Have Come, poem by Sandra Price, written for volunteers who have served in the Gulf Coast
- We See the Waters, by Clay Gunter
- God of Creation, by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
- God We've Known Such Grief and Anger, by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
- Through the Cloud and Out of Chaos: A Hymn for a Hard Season by Rev ...